Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
During the last six months Lystrup, Denmark-based Terma received two separate orders to supply SCANTER 2202 radars and 18´ antennas for Vessel Traffic Management operations in two Indonesian seaports: Port of Tarakan and Port of Panjang.
The Directorate General of Sea Transportation (DGST) currently operates the SCANTER radars in a number of seaports to monitor vessel traffic and to ensure smooth port operations and safety. Examples of seaports relying on Terma SCANTER radars on a daily basis are Jakarta, Bintuni, Merak, and Tanjung Priok.
These recent orders are expected to be followed by repeat orders to expand the seaports’ traffic management capabilities.
Terma has delivered and installed numerous radar sensor systems worldwide since the early 1990s – initially tailored for VTS applications in ports and waterways where the increased vessel traffic in congested areas called for improved monitoring and surveillance – essentially for economic and safety reasons. Later, port authorities have been forced to tighten up surveillance requirements to encompass security.
Solely for Vessel Traffic Services and Coastal Surveillance in the Asia Pacific region Terma has supplied more than 120 units of the newest SCANTER 2000 and SCANTER 5000 Series.
It is understood that the SCANTER 2000 Series is especially suited for Vessel Traffic Services (VTS), river, and inner port surveillance. The outdoor transceiver unit is very small, weighs only 26 kg, and can be placed up-mast close to the antenna to minimize installation requirements and costs.
Meanwhile, the SCANTER 2000 Series meets the requirements for professional VTS applications, where quality and durability is significant. With a Terma 18´ compact antenna, it is said to meet the IALA Standard recommendations up to 48 nautical miles. The transceiver also works with smaller antennas meeting requirements, typically for ports and VTS gap-filling.
On 19 February the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) published its Position Paper on the European Green Deal objectives in ports.
The publication of this position paper fits into the European Shipping Week (ESW), taking place in Brussels from 17 February. In the framework of the ESW, ESPO and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) organised on 19 February a workshop on Decarbonising the shipping industry: What’s already happening and how can we help accelerate it?
The Executive Summary of the ESPO Position Paper reads as follows:
Following reports received regarding the impacts on the shipping industry of the sudden and rapid outbreak of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), IMO issued a Circular Letter* on 19 February advising Member States and others on implementation and enforcement of relevant IMO Instruments.
The letter urges Flag State authorities, port State authorities and control regimes, companies and ship masters to cooperate, in the current context of the outbreak, to ensure that, where appropriate, passengers can be embarked and disembarked, cargo operations can occur, ships can enter and depart ship yards for repair and survey, stores and supplies can be loaded, certificates can be issued and crews can be exchanged.
The principles of avoiding unnecessary restrictions or delay on port entry to ships, persons and property on board are contained in articles I and V and section 6 of the annex to IMO’s Facilitation Convention.
IMO will continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide additional information as and when appropriate.